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Cats' Heads In Bin Bag 'May Be Race Attack'
The dumping of a bin bag of cats' heads found in a Manchester street could have been "racially motivated".
The bag was discovered by a passer-by in a street off Manchester's "Curry Mile", near Wilmslow Road - an area with many Asian restaurants.
A Manchester City Council spokesman said the dumping could have been "maliciously" or "racially motivated", and local businesses were not to blame.
There were believed to have been around four or five heads in the bin bag.
James Robinson, 34, described the moment he discovered the heads after stumbling on the bag while out for a bite to eat in the area.
The Metrolink engineer told the Manchester Evening News: "I was going out for some food and walking down the side street when I saw a black bin bag filled with something that looked suspicious.
"When I opened it I couldn't believe my eyes. There were about five cats' heads in there. I can't get over the shock of it."
On its Facebook page, the council said: "This is obviously an incredibly distressing and sickening incident which we are now looking into.
"But this is the first incident of its kind we have come across.
"At this stage we have no way of knowing how these animal parts came to be where they were discovered but we will be contacting the RSPCA as this is clearly an extreme example of animal cruelty."
Cathy Hyde, RSPCA chief inspector, said: "This sounds like a very distressing incident, especially for the people who found the remains.
"Thankfully reports like this are extremely rare and we will liaise with the local authority to look into this further."
Ms Hyde appealed for anyone with information to call the appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and to leave a message.